Chairman's Press

11.27.17

Hospitals, Doctors, Patients Support HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar—“Uniquely Qualified,” “Steady Hand,” “Tested Leader,” “Superior Credentials”

American Hospital Association: "We welcome the nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. We are confident that his extensive background in business, health care and medicine distinguishes him as a uniquely qualified candidate for the vacancy. The expertise garnered from his career in the private sector and prior public service at HHS as Deputy Secretary will prove to be particularly valuable in addressing the serious challenges facing our nation's he… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Alexander, Burr: Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation to Help FDA Better Equip Warfighters with Lifesaving Treatments

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) made the following statements after the Senate today sent to the president legislation that would speed safe drugs and devices for use in battlefield emergencies: Alexander said: "There was a problem and this legislation is going to give FDA the tools to solve that problem by getting safe and effective medicines more rapidly to warfighters on… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Alexander Statement on FDA Regenerative Medicine Guidance

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement about new Food and Drug Administration guidance on regenerative medicine: "I am glad Commissioner Gottlieb is implementing the 21st Century Cures Act in such a way that Americans can access the near-miracles regenerative medicine can provide while ensuring bad actors don't take advantage of the hope and promise in this field to harm or defraud patients looking for help.… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Alexander Meets with HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar

WASHINGTON, November 16 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after meeting this morning with Alex Azar-President Trump's nominee for United States Secretary of Health and Human Services: "I was glad to host Alex Azar in my office this morning and was impressed with his knowledge and experience. As a former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services and private sector executive, Alex Azar has the qualifications to get results." The Sen… Continue Reading


11.15.17

HELP Committee Holds Hearing on 4 Well-Qualified Nominees for Positions at the Education and Labor Departments

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2017 - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a confirmation hearing on four of the President's nominees for positions at the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. For the Education Department, Brigadier General Mitchel Zais is nominated to serve as Deputy Secretary and James Blew is nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development. For the Labor Department, Kate O'Scannlain is no… Continue Reading


11.15.17

Alexander: Surgeon General Focus on Wellness Could Have Real Impact on Lives of Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2017 - At a Senate health committee hearing today with Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Dr. Adams' focus on wellness could have a real impact on the lives of millions of Americans. "Dr. Adams said at his confirmation hearing he would make wellness a centerpiece of his agenda and has said his first Surgeon General's Report will focus on health and the economy," said Alexander. "It makes sense for that to be his focus, be… Continue Reading


11.14.17

Alexander: Gene Editing Technology, When Used Properly, Has the Potential to Transform Human Health

WASHINGTON, November 14, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that "gene editing technology, like CRISPR-cas9, has the potential to transform human health, when used properly." "CRISPR is a form of gene editing that essentially uses molecules that can be targeted to act as scissors to cut and edit genes," said Alexander. "In a way, it is like cutting and pasting in a computer document. That may be an oversimplification, but this technology is less expe… Continue Reading


11.13.17

Alexander Statement on Selection of Alex Azar to Serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON, November 13 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on President Trump's selection of Alex Azar to serve as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services: "As a former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services and private sector executive, Alex Azar has the qualifications and experience to get results. The Senate health committee will promptly schedule a hearing on his nomination." ###… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Walden, Alexander, and Burr Request Bicameral Leadership Delay Signing of NDAA Conference Report

WASHINGTON, November 8, 2017 - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Senate Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding a provision within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that could endanger U.S. military personnel by exposing them to treatments without the critical oversight of the Food and Drug Administra… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Alexander: New General Counsel Has Opportunity to Help Restore Labor Board to Neutral Umpire

WASHINGTON, November 8, 2017 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote to confirm Peter Robb to serve as General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board: "As General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, Peter Robb will have an opportunity to help restore the labor board to the role of a neutral umpire in labor disputes after years of the board acting more like an advocate for organized labor under the previous… Continue Reading


11.07.17

Alexander: House Passes Bipartisan Legislation that “Restores the Path to the American Dream” for Owners of 780,000 Franchise Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 7, 2017 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the House passage - by a vote of 242 to 181 - of the bipartisan Save Local Business Act "restores the path to the American dream" for owners of 780,000 franchise businesses. "Today's House passage of the Save Local Business Act is good news for the owners of this country's 780,000 franchise businesses -- health clubs, barber shops, neighborhood restaurants -- who saw their path to the Am… Continue Reading


11.03.17

Alexander: Senate Should Act Quickly to Continue Important Public Health Programs

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, November 3-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed The CHAMPION Act, which extends funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and extends mandatory funding for important public health programs in the Senate health committee's jurisdiction: "I'm glad that when the House voted today to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program-which provide… Continue Reading


11.03.17

Alexander on Senate Confirmation of Kyle Fortson as a Member of the National Mediation Board

MARYVILLE, Tennessee, November 3-Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Kyle Fortson as a member of the National Mediation Board: "A dedicated public servant, Kyle Fortson is eminently qualified to serve on the board. While this is a loss for the Senate labor committee, and I am sorry Kyle will no longer be a part of my staff, I am certain her diligence and expertise will be an asset to the board." Fortson ha… Continue Reading


11.02.17

Thune, Senate Health IT Working Group Members Reintroduce Legislation to Improve Meaningful Use Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kans.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today reintroduced the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Regulatory Relief Act (S. 2059), legislation that would provide regulatory flexibility and hardship relief to address compliance burdens faced by EHR users. Similar legislation was introduced in the 114th Congress. "Health information technology, especially the advancements in … Continue Reading


11.01.17

Open Enrollment 2018: Americans Face Year 5 of Higher Premiums & Shrinking Choices

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 1 - The Affordable Care Act has failed to live up to its promises since day one. As this year's open enrollment for Obamacare begins, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today released the following analysis on the status of Obamacare for Americans - another year of higher costs, fewer health insurance options, and increased taxpayer burden.[1] Alexander and Ha… Continue Reading


11.01.17

Alexander: Tennesseans Buying Insurance Without Subsidies This Year Have Highest Premium Increase in the Nation

WASHINGTON, November 1, 2017 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today, as open enrollment begins, his bipartisan bill will help the hardworking Tennesseans who are "getting hammered" because they buy insurance in the individual health insurance market and don't get a government subsidy to help them. These are the people who will have the highest percentage increase in premiums for HealthCare.gov states nationwide. "Under the Alexander-Murray plan, if you're one of the roughly 150… Continue Reading


11.01.17

More than 200 Groups Support Alexander-Murray Bipartisan Short-Term Legislation to Stabilize Premiums, Protect Access to Insurance

Washington, D.C., Nov. 1 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the support of more than 200 groups for their short-term bipartisan legislation to stabilize premiums and access to insurance in individual health insurance markets. Supporters of the legislation include organizations representing patients, doctors, hospitals, mayors, governors, state insurance commissioners, researchers, religious organizations, busine… Continue Reading


10.31.17

Alexander to A.B. Stoddard: Under Alexander-Murray, $3.1 Billion Will Be Rebated to Taxpayers, With Billions More in Rebates to Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 31 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in a radio interview with A.B. Stoddard said that under his bipartisan legislation with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 22 Senate cosponsors, $3.1 billion will be rebated to taxpayers, with billions more in rebates to consumers. At the beginning of the interview on the senator's bipartisan bill, Stoddard said, "This week, we had big news - which is that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office came out wi… Continue Reading


10.31.17

Alexander: Getting Electronic Health Records “Out of the Ditch” is Critical to the Future of Medical Innovation

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2017-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that "electronic health records are a critical piece to the future of medical innovation and the success of the 21st Century Cures Act, and I intend to ensure these provisions are implemented properly." "Last December, we passed the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation we hope will help virtually every American family by taking advantage of breathtaking advances in biomedical research," Alexander s… Continue Reading


10.31.17

Alexander: Hardworking Tennesseans—Not Insurance Companies—Are the Ones Hurt By Congressional Inaction on Cost-Sharing Payments

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2017-Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in remarks on the Senate floor yesterday evening, said that hardworking Tennesseans-not insurance companies-are the ones hurt by congressional inaction on Obamacare's cost-sharing reduction payments. "When the 18 million Americans in the individual insurance market-those are Americans, shop keepers, song writers, farmers - men and women who don't get health insurance from the government or on the job-when th… Continue Reading

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